Hoping to end their season at a continued high and potentially sneak a bronze medal finish, Lazio will make the trip to what should be a downbeat Stadio San Paolo for their Serie A finale on Saturday night.
While they might have endured a torrid return from football’s enforced break, the Eagles picked up a routine 2-0 win against an already relegated Brescia in midweek and find themselves in the midst of a three-match winning run.
On the flip side, while Lazio might have secured a Champions League return with time to spare this summer, Napoli have continued to show their inconsistencies and could not secure a top-six finish.
Winning just a pair of their last six Serie A appearances and losing two of their last three outings, Saturday’s hosts should be boosted by what is a dominant record against their top-four opponents.
Landing a 1-0 win when the two sides faced off on Coppa Italia duties earlier in the year, Napoli have now recorded a victory in six of their last seven matchups against Lazio.
You might be interested to know that another home win on Saturday night can be found priced at 15/8 with Betfair.
Napoli’s defensive disaster
Hit with a 2-0 defeat away at Inter Milan in midweek, a result that wiped any chance of a top-six finish off the table, Napoli have failed to fully find their feet under Gennaro Gattuso and their inconsistencies have been well documented.
While on paper it might show that Gli Azzurri managed to land a 2-0 win against Sassuolo on home soil last weekend, the Black and Greens had four goals ruled out by VAR and were desperately unlucky to have left Naples empty-handed.
Collecting just a pair of wins over their last six Serie A contests and their Coppa Italia victory feeling like a lifetime ago, the former AC Milan boss will be most concerned by his side’s worrying issues at the back.
Shipping another pair of goals away at the San Siro earlier in the week, Napoli have remarkably managed to pick up a sole clean sheet in their previous 10 outings, their worst defensive run of the season so far.
With their recent issues highlighted by what was a dramatic 2-1 defeat away at Parma last week, you might be interested to know that Saturday’s hosts are currently priced at 10/11 with 888Sport to ship over 1.5 goals this weekend.
Immobile marches on
While a worrying return from football’s enforced break might have brought an end to Lazio’s surprise title charge, I Biancocelesti have certainly managed to refind their feet at the end of this year’s campaign.
Picking up what turned out to be a routine 2-0 win against an already relegated Brescia in midweek, Simone Inzaghi’s men have now won their last three Serie A contests on the bounce and managed to secure a top-four return with time to spare.
Unsurprisingly, one man to keep an eye out for in Saturday’s finale will be the red-hot Ciro Immobile.
Cementing his spot as one of the most clinical marksmen across Europe after what has been a stunning campaign at the Stadio Olimpico, the Italian international still finds himself sat in pole position to clinch the Golden Shoe this summer.
Once again finding the net against Brescia earlier in the week, the one-time Borussia Dortmund striker has now recorded a staggering six goals in just his last four appearances and has 35 Serie A strikes to his name this year.
You might be interested to know that Lazio’s MVP can be found priced at 5/6 with Paddy Power to sign off his individual Serie A campaign with another strike on the road this weekend.